23 Oct Surveillance Video Shows ATMs are Not Easy to Rip Off
In all things there are legitimate security concerns. Theft of money or information is a real danger at an ATM, but it is equally a danger at any retail counter or in online transactions. But if you’re worried that ATM equipment constitutes a vulnerable target for would-be thieves, don’t be.
If you need evidence of the machines’ general security, have a look at the surveillance video recently posted to Philly Mag, depicting three masked hoodlums trying to extract the money from an ATM at a Chinese restaurant. The men blast the machine three times with a shotgun and succeed in opening a portion of the casing, but still come away empty handed.
Obviously, decent ATM equipment is not made to give up its funds once you get under the plastic. If the men in the video have anything to show for their efforts, it’s probably just damaged eardrums and an increased risk of capture.
The restaurant will definitely need to put in an ATM service call and perhaps simply replace the machine with newer ATM equipment, possessing even greater security. But the attack has done nothing to diminish the value of ATM processing at that business. The threat of similar attacks does not make ATM processing in Ohio or any other region dangerous or non-lucrative either.
In fact, provided that your ATM equipment is insured, the possibility of simply embarrassing a few thieves and capturing images of them scampering away may just provide some business owners with more incentive for installing a Cash is King ATM.